|Origin:||Probably from a Scandinavian language|
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to throw something, especially something light, with a quick gentle movement of your hand
toss something into/onto etc something
She crumpled the letter and tossed it into the fire.
toss something aside/over etc
Toss that book over, will you?
toss something to somebody
'Catch!' said Sandra, tossing her bag to him.
toss somebody something
Frank tossed her the newspaper.
2 [intransitive and transitive]
to move about continuously in a violent or uncontrolled way, or to make something do this
toss something around/about
The small boat was tossed about like a cork.
to keep changing your position in bed because you cannot sleep:
I've been tossing and turning all night.
4 also toss up [intransitive and transitive] especially British English
to throw a coin in the air, so that a decision will be made according to the side that faces upwards when it comes down [= flip American English]
They tossed a coin to decide who would go first.
toss (somebody) for it
We couldn't make up our minds, so we decided to toss for it.
to throw something up into the air and let it fall to the ground:
The crowd cheered, banging pots and tossing confetti into the air.
6 British English
to throw a pancake upwards so that it turns over in the air and lands on the side that you want to cook [= flip American English]
to move pieces of food about in a small amount of liquid so that they become covered with the liquid:
Toss the carrots in some butter before serving.
to move your head or hair back suddenly, often with a shaking movement showing anger:
He tossed his head angrily and left the room.
toss offphrasal verb
to produce something quickly and without much effort:
one of those painters who can toss off a couple of pictures before breakfast
to drink something quickly:
toss something ↔ offwritten
He tossed off a few whiskies.
3 British English informal not polite
toss something/somebody ↔ outphrasal verb
to get rid of something that you do not want:
I tossed most of that stuff out when we moved.
to make someone leave a place, especially because of bad behaviour
toss something/somebody ↔ out of
Kurt was tossed out of the club for trying to start a fight.